Headphone Highlights

Mary Lattimore

60 minsFirst aired 26 Apr 2017
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The revered Harpist selects music that draws on her intertwining of classical and modern experimental sounds, from Coltrane to Grouper.

Although her mother was a classically trained harpist, Mary Lattimore didn’t immediately take to learning the instrument herself. Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, Lattimore began practise at 11 years old and gradually became charmed by and skilled in the ways of the harp. After contributing to Philadelphia-based psychedelic folk group Valerie Project’s 2007 self-titled debut album, Lattimore’s sound blossomed. She’s collaborated with indie darlings like Thurston Moore, Steve Gunn, and Kurt Vile, worked closely with Philadelphia-based synth wizard Jeff Zeigler, and released three solo albums – 2013’s The Withdrawing Room, on Desire Path, 2014’s Slant of Light (in collaboration with Zeigler), on Thrill Jockey, and 2016’s At the Dam, on Ghostly International. As a solo harpist, Lattimore’s music has a physical and emotional intimacy to it that comes with years of devoted study – her fingers plucking and gliding across her instrument’s 47 strings with robust grace.


Interview by Paula Mejia
Engineered by Samuel Reinhard
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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